Offering a guaranteed annual income to reduce poverty and improve health is not a new idea in Canada, but it is once again on the political radar.
In the 1970s, two Manitoba towns were part of the Mincome Project in which residents whose income fell below a certain threshold received a basic income.
Dr. Evelyn Forget and Dr. Danielle Martin explain why Canada should consider implementing a basic income:
Professor Evelyn Forget is a health economist at the University of Manitoba. Her re-examination of Mincome and ongoing work on Guaranteed Annual Income is supported by CIHR and SSHRC.
Danielle Martin is a family physician, Vice President at Women’s College Hospital and an advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca